Fo­ley takes the helm at con­fi­dent Colch­ester

The Cricket Paper - - ECB PREMIER LEAGUES -

JAKE Fo­ley is the man to turn things around at Colch­ester and East Es­sex – says club chair­man An­drew Kennedy.

The 23-year-old all-rounder has been ap­pointed captain at Cas­tle Park after for­mer skipper Tom Ul­ly­ott left the club to re­turn home to Not­ting­hamshire.

Colch­ester fin­ished sixth last year in the Shep­herd Nearne Es­sex League Premier Di­vi­sion but Fo­ley could be the man to turn the tide.

The left-handed bats­man, who once played for Hamp­shire against Sri Lanka A in 2014, has cap­tained be­fore and Kennedy is con­fi­dent he is the right man for the job.

Kennedy said: “Jake was very keen to do the role and that was re­fresh­ing.

“He came to us at the end of last sea­son and was very en­thu­si­as­tic. Jake has been a captain be­fore – he won the South­ern Premier Cricket League down in Hamp­shire.

“He has ex­pe­ri­ence of win­ning a league be­fore and that’s very im­por­tant, es­pe­cially as a captain.

“I think we are def­i­nitely aim­ing for a top-five fin­ish, this sea­son.

“I would ex­pect Brent­wood to be very strong again and they’ve gained a cou­ple of play­ers and I would think Wanstead and Snares­brook will be the same.

“Hornchurch and Chelms­ford will also be up there chal­leng­ing.

“We’ll be look­ing to try and win the Es­sex T20 com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s our strength – we got very close to win­ning it last year and we won it in 2015.

“There’s been a fair bit of change that's gone on and there’s a dif­fer­ent first-team squad but it's quite an ex­cit­ing one.

“We have our squad now – it’s a very young team with more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like Ben Stephens, Ju­lian Rus­sell and over­seas player Dar­ren Eck­ford.

“We have four re­ally good seam­ers and two very good spin­ners.”

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